Andrew Davis

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  • LocationLeicester, United Kingdom

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About me

 

A curious and enthusiastic designer based in Leicester, looking to move to London. Have worked freelance for four years and as Head Designer in a small children's publishing house since December 2014. My thirst for design started whilst I was at university, studying Digital Performance Arts. I created art across a number of media, including: live action, film, sound and drawing. During this time, I was asked to design a poster for our annual performance festival, and. it was from this point that I realised I really enjoyed designing for print. I found that I was able to draw on my experience in creating multimedia art, and could utilise a similar creative process, which I found really interesting! After designing the print collatarel for this festival, I was asked by other organisations across the university to design for them, too. As the commissions started to increase, I realised that I found designing not only enjoyable, but that I might just have some skills to develop. It was then that I realised I'd like to pursue a design career, and landed a job as a designer of children's books. In this environment, I was able to sharpen my skills and to test my creativity on international products. Having started my career with a sound knowledge of Photoshop, I have since that time expanded my horizons, learning more about: typography, motion graphics, web design, 3d rendering, branding and more. I realise that I'm just at the beginning of my career, and still have a huge amount to learn. But I hope that I can meet new people to learn from, and new environments to challenge and encourage me to go further.

Skills

 

  • Visual Arts
  • Print Design
  • After Effects
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop
  • Graphic Design
  • Reaper
  • Illustration Painting
  • Typograhphy

Work history

Currently

Head Designer

Sweet Cherry Publishing

Dec 2014
  • Head Designer of children's books and marketing collateral. - Creating and amending artwork for books, advertisements and catalogues using Adobe Creative Suite - Typesetting books; creating inner pages, ensuring consistency of layout and style - Page checking and quality control - Ensuring all files adhere to the necessary printing guidelines - Managing a team of overseas illustrators via phone and email - Liaising with the editorial department and creating illustration plans for illustrators - Liaising with e-book providers and printers to raise purchase orders, negotiate schedules, communicate any special requirements and receive quotes and samples to determine the best option for the project - Progress chasing all files, refined files and approvals - Data management including allocation of ISBN’s - Reporting progress to Manager

Education

2014

Performance Practices

De Montfort University

Aug 2013 - Aug 2014
  • Grade Distinction. Winner of Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Student Award in Art, Design and Humanities deparment. Modules included: - Professional placement - Self-led Research Project - Research Methodologies - Performance Making

2013

BA MA

De Montfort University

Aug 2010 - May 2013
  • First Class Honours in Digital Performance Arts. Winner of the 'Frank May Cup for Excellence' Award at graduation ceremony. Modules included: - Collaborative Performance Project - Live Art - Media Industry Management - Film - Performance Perspectives

Awards

2014

Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Student

  • One of two who won the 'Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Student' award in Art, Design and Humanities.

2013

Frank May Cup for Excellence

  • Won 'Frank May Cup for Excellence' in 2013 at graudation ceremony.